TODAY: Lauderdale County man accused of killing Deshler High School Coach in 2013 has a hearing

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Jeremy Leshaun Williams has a hearing scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Williams is charged with capital murder in the death of Brioni Rutland in November 2013.

He's accused of stabbing and shooting Rutland in 2013 then dumping his body into the Tennessee River. Divers found his body under the Old Railroad Bridge on November 29, 2013.

Court documents said Williams told investigators Rutland came to his house to collect money Williams owed him for a gambling debt. Following a struggle in the home, Williams said he shot Rutland.

Williams was brought to the Florence Police Department for questioning on Nov. 29, where he gave a statement admitting to killing Rutland, but he claimed it was self-defense. According to police, Williams admitted to stabbing Rutland multiple times and shooting him. Williams also admitted to taking Rutland’s car, wallet, and two cell phones and dumping his body off the Old Railroad Bridge.

During his statement to police, Williams claimed he was broke and had no money. Police say that Williams stole approximately $1,080 from Rutland during the course of the murder.

Williams' trial is set for November 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.


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